“Chiles couches a high-stakes rescue mission in a fascinating and believable methodology for traversing space in this sequel to Frozen Orbit…this outing’s self-contained plot and interwoven backstory is easy for new readers to follow…Much of this space opera’s enjoyment stems from Chiles’s use of convincing science…This is sure to impress sci-fi fans.”

Publisher’s Weekly on Escape Orbit

“Reading through the book, it is very clear just how ripped-from-the-headlines this book really is.”

Warped Factor on Frontier

“The story moves quickly with elements of both a spy thriller and a space race, and never seems to drag… Frozen Orbit could make for an impressive movie, one that would stand with greats such as Contact or Interstellar.”

Booklist on Frozen Orbit

“Chiles builds a story blending a plausible but unlikely scenario, hard science fiction and an entertaining and gripping plot… hard science fiction at its best — a novel that could have fit its 1950s and 1960s silver age, updated to the current century.”

-Galveston Daily News on Frozen Orbit

The early reviews are looking good for Farside. I’ll let them do the talking:

This novel is not going to be nominated for any awards by the social justice warriors who have infiltrated the science fiction writer and fan communities: the author understands precisely who the enemies of civilisation and human destiny are, forthrightly embodies them in his villains, and explains why seemingly incompatible ideologies make common cause against the values which have built the modern world. The story is one of problem solving, adventure, survival, improvisation, and includes one of the most unusual episodes of space combat in all of science fiction. It would make a terrific movie.

Perigee is also worth your valuable reading time, but don’t take my word for it:


Perigee is a science fiction thriller and the first of hopefully many offerings from new author Patrick Chiles. It is an eloquent work of near future science fiction. The writer’s clarity and ability to present a fair amount of technical information without confusing the reader is commendable. In fact, I believe the quality of writing may be the novel’s greatest strength.

The Space Review:

Chiles makes a much stronger effort to be as realistic as possible regarding engineering and spaceflight as the characters work through rescue scenarios…Perigee can make for an entertaining way to spend a few hours, particularly if you’re reading it in a plane plodding along at subsonic speeds.


A riveting and superb read makes this one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Plus some more kind words from around the blogosphere:


On a Wing and a Whim

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